Colorado reported a 7.4% decline among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in WIC from 2012 to 2015.
A report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows a decline in rates of overweight and obesity among young children from low-income families who participate in the state’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Among 2- to 4-year-olds in the program, the percentage who were overweight and obese decreased from 22.9% in 2012 to 21.2% in 2015, a 7.4% relative decline.
Colorado WIC provides healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and other services to 89,000 low-income women and young children at 100 clinics statewide. The program provides whole grains, fresh produce and healthy drink options to help participants prepare healthy meals and teaches new parents about the importance of helping their children maintain a healthy weight. Nearly one in five Colorado children ages 2 to 4 participate in WIC.
Colorado’s local public health agencies and communities statewide are making obesity prevention in early childhood a priority and implementing healthy weight strategies with messaging that aligns with the WIC Program to promote healthy habits.
Originally posted on June 23, 2016.